Don’t miss out on free skills training

Lancashire Skills website

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A £5.6m programme, which offers Lancashire companies access to free workforce training, has helped more than 3,300 workers gain new skills in just six months.

Lancashire Skills Support launched in September and now has just over 10 per cent of its 3,817 places remaining.

The response we’ve had to Lancashire Skills Support shows that Lancashire businesses are busy growing, and that new skills and qualifications are in high demand as they look to realise these growth aspirations.

Amanda Melton

Businesses across the county are being urged to act fast if they don’t want to miss out on the support.

LSS has been brought together by Lancashire County Council and the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership and has been funded by the European Social Fund.

Training has already been completed in areas including team leadership, management, accounting, marketing, sales, health and social care, customer service, engineering, manufacturing, catering and hospitality.

Amanda Melton, chairman of the Lancashire Skills Board, part of the LEP, said: “The response we’ve had to Lancashire Skills Support shows that Lancashire businesses are busy growing, and that new skills and qualifications are in high demand as they look to realise these growth aspirations.

“Over the course of the programme, we’ve seen some real success stories of companies winning new contracts and customers as a result of these new skills, and of workers in Lancashire growing in stature as they improve their own knowledge.”

Businesses qualifying for LSS receive a free training needs analysis with eligible employees, followed by free accredited training from leading providers based on their skills requirements.

Training available through the scheme includes a mix of basic and higher level skills, leadership and management skills, as well as technical and industry specialist qualifications. LSS is particularly keen to attract businesses in the following growth sectors: aerospace; advanced engineering and manufacturing; energy, environment and low carbon; financial and professional services; creative and digital; leisure, tourism and visitor economy; health occupations; professional, scientific and technical occupations.

For further information on the programme, go to www.lancashireskillssupport.co.uk.